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CSM Number : 111
Short name: The Drowned Priest Alternative: Monachus impudicus aquis submergitur: et ad vitam reducitur
Incipit: En todo tempo faz ben
Refrain: En todo tempo faz ben/ a Virgen que nos manten
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Setting: Paris Protagonist(s): a priest

A priest was very lustful, but was devoted to the Virgin.

One night, when he was going off to sin, he got into a boat to cross the Seine.

The boat overturned and he was drowned.

The devil came to carry away his soul and torture it in the fire.

But the Virgin heard the priest’s cry and answered him, causing the devil to flee.

She then revived the priest, although he had been submerged in the river for four days.

Metrical data
Stanza: 7' 7' 7' 7 Refrain: 7 7
No. of Stanzas: 12
Rhyme scheme: AA | bbba Zejel: Yes
MS locations:
T111, E111
Poncelet reference
Coenobii custos fervore libidinis ardens Saepius ad (201)
canonical hours, devils, drowning, lust, priest , Psalms (saying of), resurrection, soul
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Miracle Collection
The Drowned Sacristan Pez
The Drowned Sacristan Thott
(Copenhagen, Royal Library, MS Thott 128)
The Drowned Sacristan Phillips
(Chicago, University of Chicago, Phillipps MS 25142)
The Drowned Sacristan Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
The Drowned Sacristan Gil de Zamora
(Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 9503)
The Drowned Sacristan BL Mariale 3
(London, BL, Additional MS 35112, ff. 21-80; 90-94)
The Drowned Sacristan Lisbon Mariale
(Lisbon, B.N., MS Alcobacense 149)
The Drowned Sacristan John of Garland
The Drowned Sacristan Legenda Aurea (Voragine)
The Drowned Sacristan Gonzalo de Berceo
The Drowned Sacristan Madrid Mariale
(Madrid, B.N., MS 110)
The Drowned Sacristan Gautier de Coinci
The Drowned Sacristan William of Malmesbury
Ave on the Tongue Adgar
(London, BL, Egerton 612)
The Drowned Sacristan BL Mariale 2
(London, BL, Arundel 346, ff. 60-73)
The Drowned Sacristan Nigel of Canterbury
(London, BL, MS Cotton Vespasian D.xix)
Monachus impudicus aquis submergitur: et ad vitam reducitur Ripoll
(Rivipullensis 193)
The Drowned Sacristan Jean Gobi
The Drowned Sacristan BL Mariale 4
(London, BL, Additional MS 15723, Collection 1, ff. 64v-69v)
The Drowned Sacristan Bartholomew of Trent
(University of Bologna, Codice 1794)
The Drowned Sacristan Paris Mariale 2
(Paris Bibliothèque Nationale 12593)
The Drowned Sacristan Vendôme Collection
(Vendôme, Bibliothèque Publique MS 185)
The Drowned Sacristan Pseudo-Caesarius
The Drowned Sacristan Cornell Mariale
(Cornell, MS B.14)
The Drowned Sacristan Anglo-Norman Miracles of the Virgin
(London, BL, Royal 20 B XIV, fols 102v-169)
The Drowned Sacristan BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
Ave on the Tongue BL Mariale 1
(Cotton Cleopatra C.x., ff. 101-144v)
The Drowned Sacristan Walter of Cluny
Un recull de miracles de Santa Maria, procedent de Ripoll, i les Cantigues d’Alfons el Savi
Baraut i Obiols, Cebrià
Las Cantigas de Santa Maria
Filgueira Valverde, José
Cincuenta leyendas por Gil de Zamora, combinadas con las Cantigas de Alfonso el Sabio
Fita, Fidel
Variantes de tres leyendas por Gil de Zamora
Fita, Fidel
O Livro dos Milagres da Bem-aventurada Virgem Maria
Martins, Mário
Aberturas e finais: rubricas, refrães, estrofes iniciais e estrofes terminais nas Cantigas de Santa Maria
Parkinson, Stephen
Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain
Patton, Pamela A.
Las Cantigas de Santa Maria del Rey Alfonso X, el Sabio y su notación musical
Perales, Ramón
A tradición musical das Cantigas de Santa María
Rossell i Mayo, Antoni
A Selected and Annotated Discography of Recordings of Music from the Middle Ages in Spain
Tinnell, Roger D.
Recordings of Las [sic] Cantigas de Santa Maria Contained in the Facsimile Edition Published by Edilán (Madrid 1979)
Tinnell, Roger D.